Harbour master pushes for ‘drink-boating’ to be an offence
Thursday 5th September 2013, 10:15AM BST.
PUBLIC Services will consider whether to make being drunk in charge of a boat illegal, one of a series of recommendations from harbour master Captain Peter Gill.
His plea comes after a series of boat crashes in recent years caused by drunken skippers.
A report about improving marine safety will be presented to the Public Service board within three weeks.
It includes suggestions about why people drunk in charge of a boat should be treated the same as drink-driving motorists.
Captain Gill was speaking following an incident on Tuesday night, which saw the lifeboat spend several hours searching for a man in a Rib, after he failed to arrive in Guernsey after leaving the Mermaid Tavern in Herm.